With Covid-19 vaccines becoming increasingly available to all Americans and national infection rates on the decline, several large outdoor music festivals are scheduled to return this summer and fall. Most notably, Rolling Loud (Miami), Governors Ball (New York), Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival (Houston) and the Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash
Throughout the late 2010s, Young Thug proved himself as one of this era’s most significant rappers, shaping the genre both sonically and stylistically. While his eccentric delivery and untamed vocal inflections have inspired countless imitators, Thug has also directly promoted several relatively unknown artists by signing them to
Before her 25th birthday, jazz singer Billie Holiday had already earned a career’s worth of artistic accomplishments. After overcoming a shockingly turbulent childhood, she broke through with a number of hit recordings alongside legendary artists Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton, toured with the nationally acclaimed Count Basie Orchestra and
In a recent essay for Harper’s Magazine, Martin Scorsese delivered a scathing critique of the movie streaming industry, charging that the rise of streaming has “devalued, sidelined, [and] demeaned” the “art of cinema.” While Scorsese readily admits that he has personally benefited from streaming platforms (his 2019 film
On Nov. 2, Spotify launched its new “Discovery Mode” program, which will allow artists to receive algorithmic boosts in exchange for reduced royalty payments. The program will affect Spotify’s personalized autoplay and radio feeds, which account for a large portion of new artist discovery on the platform. The program
It’s no secret that Covid-19 has had devastating economic consequences for businesses and individuals. However some companies, like Amazon, Zoom, Netflix and several social media platforms, have profited greatly from government imposed quarantines. Yet, in my mind, no business has reaped the benefits of isolation more than TikTok.
Lil Uzi Vert, pictured above, drops long-awaited second album “Eternal Atake,” a mixed bag of both interesting and slightly weak tracks. In February 2016, emerging rapper Lil Uzi Vert appeared on radio station “Hot 97” for an interview. After Uzi struggled to freestyle over the instrumental to Kanye